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Old 01-13-2008, 01:29 PM   #1
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My Winnebago Adventure and my friends Mountain Aire both have an automated awning that is so high up in the air that is does not block the sun. Well that is not quite true it does block the sun at high noon. Both of us have slides on the side that has the useless awaning. I think the awaning is made by AE.
Question --- does anybody have a solution for this problem?
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:29 PM   #2
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My Winnebago Adventure and my friends Mountain Aire both have an automated awning that is so high up in the air that is does not block the sun. Well that is not quite true it does block the sun at high noon. Both of us have slides on the side that has the useless awaning. I think the awaning is made by AE.
Question --- does anybody have a solution for this problem?
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:17 PM   #3
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Unfortunately it's a trade off. You have the convenience of the power awning, but can't adjust the height. We just ordered an 08 Vectra and just like our 04 it will have the power awning. We liked being able to adjust the one on our previous coach, but it is not an option on the new one.
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:38 AM   #4
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The last two coachs I had, had the A&E auto awning and they went straight out. On the CC I now have it has a Carefree and it has pins that I can adjust the angle, also I can increase the slope.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:02 PM   #5
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We have the A&E Two-Step awning which is the same configuration. Since there's nothing you can do to alter the height of the awning we've decided to get a sun shade that will extend down from the awning to block a bit more of the sun and give more privacy. Here's the best price we've found so far: Arizona RV Parts
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:16 PM   #6
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I also have the passenger side slideout with a manual awning.Its just as useless.At that height even an adjustable awning isnt going to give you the shade like a lower one would.At least with the automatic you dont need to crawl up a ladder to set it up.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:26 AM   #7
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The awning manufacturers have come out with the secondary built in sunshade inside the awning tube now as a solution to the higher mounted awnings. I think it's a great solution to the requirement of mounting the awnings so high to allow passenger side slideouts.

The other option is to mount the awning on the slideout, but that usually requires a shorter awning.

Below is a picture of a rig with the extended drop down sunshade. Basically it deploys by unrolling from the awning tube electrically and is adjustable from not extending at all to fully deploying.

It'd be an expensive option, but perhaps the awning could be replaced with one of these units or a small sunshade could be slid into the awning tube and just have it roll up when the awning is retracted.

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Old 01-15-2008, 06:11 AM   #8
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This is an issue (along with the matter of $$$$$$) that gives me pause whenever I consider getting a newer rig. I'm so used to the manual awnings and have no curbside slide that I know I'd have to have my attitude adjusted if I got a coach with one of the 'useless' awnings. Other than the lack of shade provided, it seems they also do a poor job of dumping rainwater, problems with wind, etc.

The extendable sun shade would help but for all you engineers out there...why couldn't they make an awnwing with a longer 'reach' (say 10' of fabric instead of the usual 8') and adjustable arms so that, when deployed, the fabric would lay on the slide-out room but angle downward more?
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:25 PM   #9
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smlranger,

You're right about the lack of shade, but incorrect with respects to rain water or wind. These awnings are automatic when it comes to rain and wind. When there is enough weight from the rain water, the awning actually tilts toward the rear of the coach to drain the rain. They also have wind sensors that roll the awning up whe the winds reach certain speeds.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:09 AM   #10
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the name of the awning model d cote. mentioned is the eclipse by carefree. great power awning when you set the pitch on these units you can leave them! when the awning rolls up it auto compensates to close, but when reopening, it goes back to your last setting. pretty slick!
ps. we retrofitted the eclipse arm set to our old carefree manual since the roller and fabric was like new and saved a lot of $$$$
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If people did not buy these coaches then the manufacturers would have compeling reason not to make them that way. Personaly I would not consider purchasing a coach with a slideout in the patio area as one third of the patio area is taken up by the slide.

Putting the awning on the slide would help however you would have to make sure you did not retract the slide if the awning was staked down.

I have gone RV shoping with friends who have looked at these coaches and one comment on "how do you think the awning would be with this patio slideout extended" brings an "Oh, I didn't think of that" and they usually move along. Look before you leap and then pick your poison carefully.

If I were to consider one of these the awning would have to be mounted on the slide and the slide long enough to support a decent sized awning mounted to provide shade and a dry patio in a light to medium rain.

My personal choice and not for everyone but something to consider before you make the purchase otherwise you may be lamenting it afterwards.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">from JMJCSIM: You're right about the lack of shade, but incorrect with respects to rain water or wind. These awnings are automatic when it comes to rain and wind. When there is enough weight from the rain water, the awning actually tilts toward the rear of the coach to drain the rain. They also have wind sensors that roll the awning up whe the winds reach certain speeds.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE> What you say is true, except: Most of the power A&E awnings (can't speak for Carefree) don't always go in automatically depending on wind. Mine for example will flap and bounce unbelievably when the wind is gusting but only goes in when it's a steady high wind. Likewise it will dump some water but because when extended it's almost straight out it doesn't dump it all and sags terribly with water built up on it. Only when you bring it in does it finally dump all the water, all over the side of the coach.

I agree with Fix It Dave, all in all these A&E WX Pro awnings are worthless on a passenger side slide out. When and if mine wears out or gets torn up, I'm changing to something else.
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I have an A&E power awning and no patio slide. With the air bags dumped the awning roll is 6 1/2' off the ground and the drop down fabric is 6' off the ground so it provides great shade. Since the awning slopes down 4 1/2' water has never pooled and it just runs off.

We had a manual awning and seldom used it because it was to much trouble to extend and roll up. Now when we go somewhere or go to bed I just press a buttom and roll it up. Later when we want the awning extended another pressing of the button extends it. Life is good.
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